Swimming across Vembanad lake, a 7-year-old girl from Kerala sets Guinness World records

On January 8, 2022, a girl from Kerala, Jewel Mariam set a new record for swimming four km across the Vembanad Lake. The 7-year-old girl achieved the Guinness World Record with her born potential and with her attitude of not giving up. With the new record, this girl from Thavanakkadavu in Cherthala became the youngest to swim the distance of four kilometers within 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

The girl always had a passion for swimming and her parents told that she was excitedly enjoying her swimming skills each time when she enters the pool. The first time when she tried to swim outside the pool, it has become a record.

“Jewel was always interested in swimming, and along with her coach (Biju Thankappan), we were looking to try and find ways for her to express herself. Recently, we came to know that no one of the age of seven has ever attempted a four-km swim in a lake. So we decided to try it, and she is delighted to have done something like this,” said her father, Basil Varghese. 

Jewel is a second-standard student, at Vidya Vikas School in Karukadam and her mother  Anjali works with the Mar Athanasius International School. Along with Jewel, her elder brother also has a passion for swimming, and both of them trained together.  

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“Both Jewel and her brother started swimming around the same time. But we could see the amount of effort Jewel was putting in. The coach too has played a huge part in honing her talent and helping her achieve something that would be truly remarkable and would stay with her and empower her,” Basil added.